2020 Madrid System Webinars Retrospective: IP Offices Procedures

December 11, 2020

We would like to thank all of you for your impressive participation to our interactive webinars this year! You were more than 20,000 to attend and we hope that through the presentations and interactions with our experts, you gained a better understanding of the Madrid System throughout 2020.

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You were many to give us amazing feedback as well as to submit requests for future webinars, and we listened. This year, for the first time, we introduced no less than six webinars presented by colleagues from IP Offices of members of the Madrid Union to give you tips regarding their national examination and refusal procedures.

We have more exciting webinars presented by new IP Offices for you next year, but let's linger a little longer in 2020 and review those six webinars, starting with the one that attracted the most registrants:

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

This was our most requested webinar over the past years. You have expressed you wanted to learn more about USPTO procedures and we were pleased to be finally able to bring this webinar to you with the collaboration of our colleagues from USPTO.

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China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA)

In this webinar, former CNIPA colleagues present the characteristics of the Chinese classification of goods and services, with many examples to illustrate different scenarios under the subclass system implemented by China.

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Japan Patent Office (JPO)

Fellows from the Japanese IP Office give tips for examination and refusal procedures. They also explain in detail the functioning of the Madrid Goods and Services Manager and J Plat-Pat, the database for goods and services provided by JPO that helps users to group similar goods and services in the proper group codes.

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Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)

Colleagues from KIPO go in detail over their role as an office of Origin and the specificities of distinctiveness as an examination criterion. They also analyze the indication of goods and services, which is the most common ground for provisional refusal in the Republic of Korea.

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Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent)

In this webinar, a specialist from Rospatent goes over the different types of trademarks protected in the Russian Federation and explains the time limits as well as the opposition procedure specific to this Madrid Union member.

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IP Australia

A fellow from IP Australia touches on some basic facts of interest around Madrid System filings in Australia. We then go into the notifications users may receive and how to respond. Finally, some useful resources are presented for expanding trademark protection into the Australian market.

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See you in January!

We hope to interact with as many of you in 2021 as we did in our webinars this year and we are looking forward to welcoming new participants as well!

In the meantime, we want to hear from you! Please send us your comments or webinar requests for 2021 via Contact Madrid. Simply select "Madrid System webinars, seminars and video tutorials" in the dropdown menu.